Japan will allow visa-free independent tourism starting Oct. 11 and lift its daily entry restriction. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement Thursday, signaling a major policy shift after nearly two and a half years of strict COVID -19 restrictions.
According to Kyodo News, citing unnamed government sources, travelers will need to produce proof of a negative COVID -19 test or three vaccinations.
The government will also reintroduce a national travel discount program that had been put on hold because of the spread of COVID -19 infections.
Kishida made the long-awaited announcement while in New York at the United Nations General Assembly.
“I hope many people will utilize them,”
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